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Maritime Papers – Manifests, Export Cargoes
Manifest statements of outbound vessels submitted to office of Intendants of Trade as established & required by Act Regulating Trade & Shipping within the colony June 17, 1776. Includes name of vessel, captain, voyage destination, type & quantity of goods being delivers, signature of individual attesting manifest as well as references to nature ship owner & tonnage, number of crew & amount of duty paid.; C#0188
Act regulating trade & shipping passed by the General Assembly June 17, 1776. Offices of Intendants of Trade established at Newport & Providence to take bonds, payable to the Governor & Company of the Colony from masters of every vessel with surety posted double the value cargos shipped. Vessels required to file certificates within eighteen months from office at the port where cargo delivered under seal of their or three “respectable” merchants residing there. Intendants also to take manifests upon oath of cargoes exported and imported and keep account of entries, giving bills of health when desired and granting registers showing the property of the vessel cleared out. Intendants required make returns to the General Assembly at every session of all imports & exports (Acts & Resolves of the general Assembly, 1776, Part II, p. 135). Several additional acts regarding the regulating of trade passed by legislature from 1780 – 1785, until authority vested with Congress by Act of March, 1786 (Acts & Resolves, 1786 – 1787, Vol. 25 p. 15).
Dates: 1775 – 1790 Other Names: Extent: 5 bound volumes / name index from on volume Types of Materials: hand written manuscripts Conditions Governing Access: Finding Aids: Microfilm (C#0157), 3 reels; GSU order # 954925 - 954927 Related Sources: C#01188 – Maritime Papers – Manifests, Import Cargoes (1775 – 1789); C#1089 – Maritime Papers, Bonds, Masters of Vessels, (1756 – 1785); C#0180 – Admiralty County Papers, 11 Vols. 1726 – 1781; C#0180 & C#0181 – Admiral Court Minute Books / Index, 1727, 1740 – 1743, 1776 – 1783; C#0210 – Acts & Resolves of the General Assembly; C#00203 – RI Colony Records; C#0257 - Governor Correspondence; Bartlett, John Russell, Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England, 1636 - 1792 10 Volumes, Providence, 1856 – 1865